Renewable Energy Made Over Half of Total Added Capacity in 2015

By | Rob Sargent
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Now, more than ever, it appears 100% renewable energy generation is within our grasp. The numbers are piling up in our favor. In a report recently released by SNL energy, new energy capacity added in the United States in 2015 leaned heavily on clean sources. Overall in the US, wind and solar made up 61% of new energy capacity in 2015.

Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Turning to the Wind

Wind power continues to grow as a source of clean energy across America. The United States generated 26 times more electricity from wind power in 2014 than it did in 2001. American wind power has already significantly reduced global warming pollution. In 2014 alone, wind-generated electricity averted an estimated 143 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions – as much as would be produced by 37 typical coal-fired power plants. With America’s massive potential for wind energy on land and off our coasts, wind power can play a key role in meeting the emission reduction targets of the recently adopted Clean Power Plan and moving the nation toward a future of 100 percent renewable electricity.

News Release | Environment America

Report: Renewing tax credits could avert 100 M tons of carbon pollution

WASHINGTON, DC. –  Up to 104 million tons of carbon pollution, the same produced by 4.7 million cars each year, could be eliminated by 2020 if Congress renews renewable energy tax credits, a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center said today.  

News Release | Environment America

As Congress takes symbolic votes against climate action, greens push clean energy incentives

WASHINGTON, DC – With an end-of-year deadline looming, more than 200 leading environmental groups and local elected officials from across the country are calling on Congress to renew the wind and solar tax incentives that have spurred America’s exponential clean energy growth. A letter from the groups, delivered to all congressional offices this morning, came as the U.S. House planned symbolic votes to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Obama’s strategy to tackle global warming.

News Release | Environment America

275+ groups to Obama: keep leading on offshore wind

WASHINGTON, DC–Offshore wind for the Atlantic Coast is closer to reality than ever before and the Obama administration is largely to thank, said environmentalists, public health advocates, faith and elected leaders today. More than 275 groups and officials joined together on a letter to President Obama and his administration, urging them to continue their leadership in developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast.

News Release | Environment America

Feds continue pursuit of offshore wind

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Obama administration continued its push for clean, renewable energy during a White House summit on offshore wind today, awarding a half-million dollar competitive grant to state offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island to “advance offshore wind market development through multi-state cooperation.”

Hope, not complacency

By | Bret Fanshaw
Solar Program Coordinator

President Obama one thing clear to me and other attendees of the National Clean Energy Summit on Monday – he is ready to tap into the power of the sun. In his speech in Las Vegas, the president stressed the urgent need to implement clean energy solutions in order to cut global warming pollution and strengthen our economic future. 

Clean Energy Revolution?


As the threat of severe ecological and economic hardship poised by climate change becomes more apparent by the day, we know that implimenting solar, wind, and energy efficiency as a part of the Clean Power Plan is the best way to protect our environment and revolutionize the way we power our lives. But it won't happen without you.

News Release | Environment America

Tough carbon pollution limits huge step on climate & clean energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The final Clean Power Plan, scheduled to be unveiled tomorrow, is expected to be even stronger than the original, which required a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. 

Senate finance committee puts wind and solar on short leash

By | Rob Sargent
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

A finance package extending tax credits for wind power to the end of next year, recently approved by a key U.S. Senate panel, has been hailed as progress for clean energy, and it is. But here at Environment America we're containing our enthusiasm.